As a “Returner” myself I know that when I came back, work looked exactly the same but in fact it was completely different. Plugging Returner coaching into the experience can help to build employee engagement, demonstrate empathy and create advocacy for your employment brand. And also it just makes work better for the Returner which is a pretty good outcome as well.
My business – Works for Everyone, works with corporates, to run a combination of coaching workshops and 1:1 coaching. Workshops giving you scale and impact and the coaching is reserved for those who you are prioritising investment in.
The Returner Workshops have been designed using insights I have been collecting from individual coaching sessions with Returners over my career. I noticed common themes of lack of confidence, feelings of overwhelm and low motivation. All these points I pick up in the workshops as well as create a sense of community that can be sustained organically.
As a “Returner”, the reality is that it is hard to balance all the demands on you. Acknowledging this and giving people some time to reflect and focus back on themselves is invaluable. It also mitigates the risk of them getting to the “this is too hard and I’m going to quit” stage. Helping Returners to stay the course in the middle of their career can help to ensure they are still there when it comes to moving up into Leadership.
Fantastic workshops; I looked forward to each weekly session and wish they could continue. I took away real tools that I am already using at work and home; I am feeling more engaged with my work and my manager/team. Prior to my return to work, I had considerable worries about how I would balance work with my family priorities; now I am feeling really settled and have the confidence to name my priorities and set/protect my boundaries.
Feedback from one of the 2020 Cohorts of a Corporate Returner Programme.